Calm

Pleasantly free; peaceful and not disturbed

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 6-8
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Breathing
  • Excercise:  Swan Arm Series
  • Target:  Upper Body + Warm-Up
  • Equipment:  None
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Keep your arms by your sides and flip your palms up
3. Inhale and make a big circle with your arms, as you connect your palms above your head
4. Exhale as you turn your palms out and press your arms down, returning them by your sides
5. Pull your shoulders back and keep your head up, eyes focused forward
6. If you want, close your eyes as you continue the sequence, and remember to keep breathing!

Sequence

– 5 reps (focus on breath)

NOTE: Arms up/down = one rep

Reflect

You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Calm mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

Close your eyes and remember a time when you felt calm. What do you notice about this memory?

Present

What colors do you associate with being calm? Where do you notice these colors in your life?

Future

Imagine a situation in your future in which you would like to remain calm. Describe one strategy you could use to help feel calm in this scenario.

Real-World Connection

Family

Describe an activity you do at home that makes you feel calm.

Learning Environment

How can you calm down before a stressful academic moment (i.e. a test, essay, or speech)?

Community

Identify a group of people who make you feel calm when you are with them, or a place in your community where you feel the most calm.

Academic Connection

ELA

Where do you like to go to write or draw calmly, and why?

Social Studies

Think about geography. Can you describe a calming place where you have traveled or would like to travel?

STEM

Take your pulse immediately after entering the classroom. Next, complete the CALM workout and immediately take your pulse again. How do your readings compare, and what conclusions can you draw from your data?

Fun Fact

Coloring in mandala patterns or other complex geometric shapes has helped provide stress relief, and may help some people achieve a calm, meditative state.